Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2751

Faculty Resources

View a large calendar of nationwide teaching and Learning conferences here.

Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center  |  February 15-16, 2018
Theme: Closing the Gap 
CETL is delighted to announce that the Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference is now expanding to include a Faculty Teaching and Learning Track.
This exciting and important conference will replace the OU-Windsor Teaching and Learning Conference for 2018. We encourage all faculty to submit a proposal for this conference. Proposals were due Friday, November 17. CETL will cover the registration costs for OU faculty whose proposals are accepted.  Visit the conference website.

Lilly Conference in Traverse City
Traverse City, MI  |  October 18-20, 2018
Proposals due June 8
Every year, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides 20 travel grants for faculty to attend the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning, located in downtown Traverse City, MI. The conference's call for proposals is now open, and proposals are due June 8, 2018. CETL's call for travel grants will open in spring 2018. All OU faculty can receive 10% off registration with the code cosponsor10.  Learn more about the conference.
Teaching Tips
About CETL's Weekly Teaching Tips Series

In workshops, conferences, and teaching and learning faculty development, we often take away a small teaching tip that helps us better facilitate group work, engage more students in discussions, and motivate students to be prepared for class. We would like to offer that “Aha!” moment more often with our Weekly Teaching Tips.

Every week we will send out a new teaching tip in a brief infographic you can read and implement that same week. From there you can access this page, which will offer the full content of each teaching tip.

Teaching Tips come from the Teaching Issues Writing Consortium (2013-2017), CETL, Oakland University’s Instructional Fairs (2013, 2015, 2017), and OU faculty submissions.

Sign up for Weekly Teaching Tips.

Download the Teaching Tips Collections   Save the collections or print them off to keep them handy: 2016-2017 collection and 2013-2015 collection.

Call for Teaching Tips Proposals for Book CETL is organizing a Teaching Tips book for publication, and we would like the book to feature teaching strategies from Oakland University faculty. Only the text for this strategy is needed (300-600 words), which normally includes a brief description and purpose, step-by-step directions, outcomes, and references (see teaching tips below as a guide). Submit a teaching tip.



CETL Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant
Focus on Student Success and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Proposals due Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

This grant funds the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based teaching practices that will improve teaching and student learning. The funding supports the faculty’s time to research, develop and assess their project that goes above and beyond the expected course preparation time. Full-time faculty, and part-time faculty who have taught at least 24 credits at OU may apply. Teams of two may apply with a strong rationale (e.g. team-teaching). View the full grant details, cover letter form for individuals and teams, and full evaluation rubricThose who have received CETL Teaching Grant less than three years ago, OUWB faculty, and graduate students are not eligible. View a list of past recipients.


Educational Development Grant (from Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning)
On the Behalf of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning
Awards $100-$750 to part- and full-time faculty, for use of resources to enhance their teaching and learning (not a stipend). Proposals accepted and rewarded Fall 2015-Winter 2016 on a rolling basis until funding has run out. See their website for more information.

Quality Online Teaching Certification Course (from e-Learning and Instructional Support)
All part- and full-time faculty who are scheduled to teach online courses are invited to participate in a four-week online course to help develop best practices in online teaching. Faculty who complete the course receive a $1,000 stipend. To apply for the course, complete the Moodle training and sign up for a cohort here. Cohorts run four times a year in Fall, Winter, and Summer.


Travel Grant: The Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning
This is an outstanding conference on teaching and learning in higher education. Many of the presentations actively demonstrate new or different teaching techniques. It is located in the historic downtown Park Place Hotel, which is within walking distance to shops and the Bay. Full information on the conference is at:

Every year, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides 20 stipends for faculty to attend the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning. The next conference takes place October 19-21, 2017 in downtown Traverse City, MI. Priority is given to faculty who give presentations and are first-time attendees , then to grant applications in the order they were submitted. This year, conference proposals were due June 5, 2017, and the call for travel grant applications were due June 12. Next year (Spring 2018) we will announce the conference's call for proposals and the new travel grant application. All OU faculty can receive 10% off registration with the code cosponsor10.

Learn more about the conference.
CETL Teaching and Learning Library (Print)
Come visit our CETL Library. You can use the materials here or check them out. We have an extensive collection of books on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Our library is always growing. If you have a title that you would like us to order, please let us know.
Click here to view the most current bibliography of books and articles
Michigan State University offers an impressive online library of extensive teaching and learning resources for general teaching practice and teaching in the disciplines. Its searchable interface also allows faculty to quickly pinpoint what they might need. Click here to visit their website.
Teaching and Learning Resources: Learners and Learning, Curriculum/Instructional Design, Teaching with Technology, Teaching Methods, Multiculturalism/Diversity/Inclusive Classroom, Assessment, Classroom Management/Academic Integrity, Documenting and Evaluating Teaching, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
We thank MSU's Faculty & Organizational Development Office for sharing this resource.

SoTL Library Journals
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journals can be accessed through Kresge Library:

Handbooks &
Additional Docs

Faculty Handbook
The guide for all of the basics of the Oakland University campus, from faculty and student resources and SAIL tutorials to the tenure process and emergency protocols. For new and veteran faculty, it is the one-stop place for all information. Download the Faculty Handbook.

University Guides

CETL Quick Notes
Quick Notes are your brief visual guide to best practices, university processes, and other good-to-know aspects of helping students succeed.
Faculty SuccessStudent SuccessUniversity Success
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) End-of-Course Student Feedback (ESF) Surveys
Creating an Effective Syllabus

Teaching with Technology

Tenure and Career Planning
For more information regarding tenure and faculty rights in general, visit Oakland University's Chapter of the AAUP page.

The Tenure Process at OU
Setting Mid-Career Goals

The Science of Learning

Supporting Students with Special Needs
For more resources, visit the Office of Disability Support Services.

Other Resources